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Pan-European digital assets supporting research communities – Benefits & opportunities

5 - 6 December 2022

Christian Pagé

Christian is a high-level research engineer who works on climate data distribution infrastructures, with a focus on Big Data issues. He works at CERFACS, a private non-profit research institute that specializes in issues relating to high performance computing (HPC) and numerical modeling. Christian is very involved in the provision of high resolution climate data used by the climate change impacts community, as well as the distribution of climate data, as well as calculations on demand with the development of the open-source python software icclim. He works on several research projects and European infrastructure: EU FP7 IS-ENES3, Horizon Europe interTwin and Climateurope2, and he is involved in the EUDAT CDI. He is also a member of the ESGF Executive Committee, and participates in the “ESGF Computing Working Team (CWT)”. 

Building actionable climate products for end users using EGI-ACE resources

Many end users of climate change information often need specialized products to perform their research or data analysis. Climate indices, like the standard ones defined by ECA&D and ETCCDI, cover most of the general needs. However, datasets provided on the climate data infrastructure ESGF are climate model output and only provide standard variables, such as temperature and precipitation, and not climate indices, such as the number of summer days or the number of days with heavy precipitation. 

A python package to calculate climate indices, called icclim, is currently developed within the H2020 IS-ENES3 project, with a strong collaboration with the xclim developer team. This package is using xarray and dask for very fast execution and smaller memory footprint. It also aims at providing increasing support for all FAIR aspects. This tool is integrated in the IS-ENES C4I 2.0 platform (https://climate4impact.eu/ ), using a Jupyter notebook collection in a SWIRRL environment (Software for Interactive Reproducible Research Labs). Having access to this type of complex analysis tool is very useful, and integrating them with front-ends like C4I enables the use of those tools by a larger number of researchers and end users.

Providing those users datasets of climate indices pre-computed on CMIP6 simulations would be very valuable for those users. Of course all specific needs cannot be taken into account (such as specific seasons, specific reference periods, etc.), but the most general ones can be fulfilled. The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is providing computing and storage resources through the EGI-ACE project, enabling the possibility to compute several climate indices. In this EGI-ACE Use Case, icclim will be used to compute 49 standard climate indices on a large number of CMIP6 simulations, starting with the most used ones. It could also be extended to ERA5 reanalysis, CORDEX and CMIP5 datasets. The resulting climate indices datasets will later be made available in the C4I portal. Preliminary results of the climate indices dataset will be presented.

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